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Answer: "God helps those who help themselves" is probably the most often quoted phrase that is not found in the Bible. This saying is usually attributed to Ben Franklin, quoted in Poor Richard's Almanac in 1757. In actuality, it originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled Discourses Concerning Government.
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I'd read about the Ben Franklin attribution previously, but never the ancient Greek one. You guys got me reading :thumbsup:
Several sources, say both are right.
The ancient Greek version is attributed to Aesop and takes just a little bit of interpretation as this particular author notes :
"For perspective: Aesop was of the 550BC generation, around the time of Jeremiah, and Judah's exile to Babylon by Nebuchadnezar, " , and the expression then was apparently, " ' The gods help them that help themselves. ' "
The same article reminds us that , it is even more true that our Blessed Lord helps those who can't help themselves ; citing pertinent passages from
the Gospel of Mark [9:24] :
Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!"
and from Psalm 18:17 :
"He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me.
And what a blessing for us, that " where sin abounded grace abounded all the more " [Romans 5:20] ; yet we're still expected to try and get up after we fall ... if we can . In a lot of cases , our faith becomes most genuinely tested (then strengthened) , in those moments where we aren't able to help ourselves.